Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Climate Talks and the Power of Words

See below for an excerpt from GlobalPost's Morning Chatter by Peter Gelling. His discussion of the recent climate talks in Paris showcases the power of words and the importance of word choice on a global scale.
It’s really hard to get the whole world to agree on anything. But at the Paris version of the climate talks, which have been going on for more than a week, a draft agreement is actually now on the table, which means decisions are being made.
To give you an idea of how complicated this gets, here’s a line from an earlier draft:
"[Each Party][All Parties] [recognizing the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities] [shall][should][other] regularly [formulate] [prepare], [communicate] [submit], [maintain] [update] and [shall][should][other] [implement] [fulfil] [intended][nationally determined mitigation [commitments][contributions][actions]] [nationally determined mitigation commitments and/or contributions] [a nationally determined contribution with a mitigation component]," the beginning of one sentence read
The difference between words like “communicate” and “submit” or “formulate” and “prepare” are significant to some leaders. Basically, everyone is trying to collectively commit to specific levels of greenhouse gas reductions, while maintaining the most flexibility they can on those reductions.
For another resource regarding word choice, particularly in essays, check out the Purdue Owl.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Wanted: Excellent student work for SNL's Writing Showcase

With Autumn Quarter grades in and Winter Quarter approaching fast, please consider submitting your strong papers, ILPs, and/or APs to SNL’s Writing Showcase! Students may submit up to three pieces of work (including essays, poems, stories, ILPs, APs, Capstone projects, and Digication e-portfolios) before the April 1, 2016 deadline.

Students will be invited to read selections from their submissions at the annual SNL Writing Showcase Live event on April 21, 2016. Outstanding submissions composed during the 2015-2016 year will also be recognized at the Spring Awards Luncheon.

Visit the Writing Showcase page on the Writing Guide for more information and entry form. Students may submit entries to SNLwriting@depaul.edu and email with any questions.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

"When More Is Less": Quality over quantity in writing

"Moderate but meaningful" correlations in a recent study suggest that a few well-developed writing assignments may be better for students' intellectual growth and personal satisfaction over time, especially when compared to more quantitative writing practices.
“Effective writing practices are associated much more strongly than the amount of writing with greater student learning and development,” the study says. “There are undoubtedly instances where there is no student writing or so little that more would be salutary. However, the important lesson from our study is that quality matters -- that in many situations it would be better to place more emphasis on the design and use of the assignments than on the number or size of them.”
Click here to read Inside Higher Ed's take on the study, which was conducted through a collaboration between the Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Writing Center December Intersession and WQ 2016 Hours


The University Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL) has announced its Writing Center hours at the Loop Campus during December Intersession.

Tuesdays: 10am-5pm
Wednesdays: 10am-5pm
Thursdays: 10am-5pm

The Writing Center will be open at both the Loop and Lincoln Park campuses beginning Week 2 of Winter Quarter 2016. Hours for both campuses are below.

Loop Campus Writing Center
(312) 362-6726

Monday: 9am-7pm
Tuesday: 9am-7pm
Wednesday: 9am-7pm
Thursday: 9am-7pm
Friday: 12pm-5pm
Saturday: 12pm-5pm
Sunday: Closed

Lincoln Park Campus Writing Center
(773) 325-4272

Monday: 9am-7pm
Tuesday: 9am-7pm
Wednesday: 9am-7pm
Thursday: 9am-7pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 12pm-7pm

Click here for instructions on how to register and make an appointment. Be sure to select the correct campus from the drop-down box at the top of the WCOnline scheduler. Call either Writing Center with questions or concerns.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Civic Writing: London - An opportunity for undergrads!

Are you an undergraduate student interested in studying abroad in London this summer? Check out Civic Writing: London, a course sponsored by Syracuse University but open to all undergrads that will take place from May 19 through June 17, 2016.

From Steve Parks at Syracuse University:

Civic Writing: London will invite students to become involved in an international community writing project based in London, but linked to Paris and Milan. The goal of the project is to save over 40 years of self-published working class writing produced from the 1970’s to the 2010’s. Using their own words, edited by themselves, these writers documented how the working class responded to the collapse of traditional industries, the global immigration which enriched their communities, and came to recognize of the importance of issues such as race, gender, and disability. Indeed, their work has been called one of the most important writing projects of the 20th century. And at the height of their production, over 1,000,000 books circulated through underground channels across the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States.

Yet, the economic crises of 2008 wrecked havoc on this network. And until last year, many of these publications were scattered across the continents, left moldering in basements and attics.

Students in this course will be part of the effort to save and archive these publications. Working with archivists and community writers, they will help to build an archive of this work at London Metropolitan University. They will meet and work with some of the London based writing groups that were part of this international writing/publishing community. And they will help plan a writing festival which will help bring back together many of these writers from across the UK. Finally, in the spirit of those writers, students will work collaboratively to produce their own book of writing to circulate in the USA and UK. Through readings, practices, and partnerships, then, this will give students an international experience as well as a network of international writers and scholars. 

Undergrads interested in the Civic Writing: London course can contact Steve Parks or Jess Pauszek for more information. Click here for the course website. Completed applications are due February 20, 2016.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Last boot camp of Autumn Quarter 2015 at the O'Hare campus!

Click on the image below for more information about SNL's Writing Boot Camp on Saturday, November 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at DePaul's O'Hare Campus. Email snlevents@depaul.edu to register or just show up and get your assignments completed! 

Writing Center AQ Finals Week Hours


The University Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL) has announced its Autumn Quarter finals week schedule for both the Lincoln Park and Loop locations:

Wednesday, November 18th:   10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday, November 19th:       10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday, November 20th:            10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Locations:

Loop Campus Writing Center
(312) 362-6726
25 E. Jackson
Lewis Center 1600
Chicago, IL 60604

Lincoln Park Campus Writing Center
(773) 325-4272
2320 N. Kenmore
SAC 212
Chicago, IL 60614

The UCWbL will close on Saturday, November 21st. Winter hours will be posted after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Click here for instructions on how to register and make an appointment. Be sure to select the correct finals week schedule from the drop-down box at the top of the WCOnline scheduler. Appointments are filling up quickly, but there is a waitlist option in the top left corner of each day's schedule. Call either Writing Center with questions or concerns.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Writing in the Disciplines: The Genre of Blogging

Last week on Bedford Bits, a blog dedicated to ideas for teaching composition, guest-blogger and SNL professor Amanda Gaddam unpacked a popular project for the blog's Multimodal Mondays feature. Her post, A Low-Stakes Assignment for Understanding Blogs as Genre, features a step-by-step guide to said assignment along with samples of student work.

Click on the link above to read Amanda's blog about this wonderful WID assignment!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Aloud! Celebrates DePaul's 4th Annual Month of Writing

It's time for Aloud!, a quarterly open mic night and reading series hosted by Writers Guild and featuring participants in DePaul's 4th Annual Month of Writing!




Writers Guild is a multi-genre writing group out of the University Center for Writing-based Learning, open to all DePaul students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Aloud! is also open to the public. Please consider attending tomorrow night, October 29th, to support our Month of Writing challengers as they share their hard-earned words from the past few weeks.

Feel free to bring something to share during the open mic portion of the evening, as well!

What: Aloud!, an open mic event and reading series
When: Thursday, October 29th, 7-9 p.m.
Where: 1600 Lewis Center (25 E. Jackson)

Please contact MOW@depaul.edu for more information. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

SNL faculty member takes first place in international writing competition

SNL part-time faculty member and two-time Craft of Composing panelist Molia Dumbleton recently won first place with her story "Peleliu" in the Dromineer Literary Festival Flash Fiction Competition. Click here to read her winning story. Congratulations, Molly!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Challenge Yourself During DePaul's Month of Writing

Registration is still open for the 4th Annual DePaul Month of Writing Challenge. As participants write during the month of October toward our collective goal of one million words, every word matters!

Click here to register for the Month of Writing Challenge and make a word goal for the monthany number of words you contribute is a worthwhile effort and also a great way to start/finish/continue pesky writing projects.

Visit our Digication page for more information, and contact MOW@depaul.edu with any questions.

Happy writing!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Craft of Composing Panel Tonight

Please join us tonight for our 4th Annual DePaul Month of Writing kickoff event!

The Craft of Composing: Published Writers Discuss the What, Why, and How of Writing
Thursday, October 1, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
DePaul Loop Campus, 14 E. Jackson, Room 1451

And don’t forget to register for the Month of Writing Challenge—join us in setting a personal writing goal for the month of October that will help us meet our collective goal of one million words! Check out our Digication page and register here.

Hope to see you tonight!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Register for the Month of Writing today!

Calling all DePaul students, faculty, staff, and alumnithe 4th Annual Month of Writing, sponsored by the School for New Learning, begins tomorrow!

Please join our community as we write our hearts out during the month of October toward our collective goal of 1,000,000 words. Visit our Digication page to see what the Month of Writing is all about, and click here to register for the Writing Challenge.

You can set a goal for any number of words within the month, and participants are encouraged with writing prompts, brainstorming ideas, and events that invite community and accountability.

The 4th Annual Month of Writing kicks off tomorrow night, October 1, with our Craft of Composing event: Published Writers Discuss the What, Why, and How of Writing. See below for details (click to enlarge) and contact MOW@depaul.edu with any questions.
Register today for the Month of Writing Challenge, and together we can meet our goal to write one million words in the month of October!

SNL-Experienced Writing Center Tutors Available

The DePaul University Center for Writing-based Learning has added subject-matter and genre expertise to its appointment scheduling website. Now, SNL writers can use the “Area of Expertise” drop-down menu at the top of the Loop or Lincoln Park schedule to limit the schedule to those tutors who have the expertise they need. Areas of expertise of particular importance to SNL students are research papers, research proposals, SNL (APs and ILPs), APA and MLA citation, and Digication/ePortfolios.

Writers can also call the Loop or Lincoln Park locations to have a receptionist help them make an appointment.

See below for information on scheduling a Writing Center appointment using the new “Area of Expertise” feature (click to enlarge), and click here for the Writing Center's Autumn Quarter hours.
Please consider taking advantage of the valuable resources available at the Writing Center this quarter!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Writing Center Fall Quarter Hours


The University Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL) has announced its fall schedule:

Loop Campus Writing Center
(312) 362-6726

Monday: 9am-7pm
Tuesday: 9am-7pm
Wednesday: 9am-7pm
Thursday: 9am-7pm
Friday: 12pm-5pm
Saturday: 12pm-5pm
Sunday: Closed



Lincoln Park Campus Writing Center
(773) 325-4272

Monday: 9am-7pm
Tuesday: 9am-7pm
Wednesday: 9am-7pm
Thursday: 9am-7pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 12pm-7pm


Click here for instructions on how to register and make an appointment.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

A Helpful Resource for Academic Writing

The Academic Phrasebank is a resource developed out of the University of Manchester to provide "examples of some of the phraseological ‘nuts and bolts’ of writing." Originally designed for non-native speakers of English, the Academic Phrasebank offers a variety of phrases, context, and organizational information for all scientific and academic writers.

Click here to visit the Academic Phrasebank and here to learn more about its development.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Will you give life to a Chicago statue?

Statue Stories Chicago is hosting a public monologue writing competition in partnership with the Goodman Theatre. The winning pieces will be recorded by members of the Goodman and included as part of Statue Stories Chicago.

Submit entries of 350 words or fewer here by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

Click here for more information about the competition and to see photos and descriptions of each statue needing a voice.

Monday, August 3, 2015

"The Writing Assignment That Changes Lives"

A researcher in Canada is discovering that certain writing prompts not only help students with edifying self-reflection and goal-setting, but also nearly erase the gender and ethnic minority achievement gap in those studied.

Jordan Peterson, a professor at the University of Toronto, wanted to explore the relationship between writing and students' motivation. He created an undergraduate course in which "students complete a set of writing exercises that combine expressive writing with goal-setting." The course has already shown to reduce the drop-out rate of at-risk students and even increase academic achievement.

One educator theorizes that Peterson's course could be seeing results by limiting self-defeating behavior. "If you aren't sure you belong in college, and you don't hand in that paper," Melinda Karp explains, "you can say to yourself, 'That's because I didn't do the work, not because I don't belong here.' " Peterson's writing exercises might curb these thoughts by helping students to focus on their goals and motivations.

To learn more about Peterson's research and process, click here to read NPR's story, quoted above.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Summer Writing Boot Camp
- Loop Campus Only!

Click on the image below for more information about SNL's Writing Boot Camp on Saturday, August 1st, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Loop. Email snlevents@depaul.edu to register or just show up and get your assignments completed! 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Try these 10 writing challenges

* A photo of yourself and describe how your day was

* Text your friend an emoji story

* Start an Author Blog

* Worst Habits

* Write five words to your 18 year old self

* Write about a shape that describes your personality.

* Select a random short story, copy down the last sentence and use it as your first sentence in your own story.

* Write about, “What your neighbors saw”

* Who would you chose a person who loves you, but you don’t love them? Or, the one you love, but they don’t love you?

* You wake up with a key in your hand, how did you get the key? What does it lock or unlock?

Monday, May 18, 2015

Printers Row Literary Fest 2015

The Printers Row Literary Fest is considered the largest FREE outdoor literary event in the Midwest.  This is a two day showcase from June 6-7, in the South Loop of Chicago. Over the years it has expanded from Dearborn Street to Polk Street. Printers Row Literary Fest was founded in 1985 by Near South Planning Board to attract  visitors of book lovers to the Printers Row Neighborhood.

Last year The Chicago Tribune celebrated the 30th Anniversary of Printers Row Lit Fest. The festival included more than 400 authors,  book sellers from across the country, performers, and presenters and over 125,000 attendees who enjoyed author discussions, musical performances, book browsing and much more.

According to, printersrowlitfest.org here are a few featured writers this year, 2015:

"Ian Belknap is Founder and Overlord of WRITE CLUB. He is author of several Bring Me the Head of James Franco, That I May Prepare a Savory Goulash in the Narrow and Misshapen Pot of His Skull."

"Jabari Asim is the author of many works of fiction, nonfiction, essays, poetry, and drama. He is currently the executive editor of The Crisis, the official magazine of the NAACP. "

"Kevin Coval is the founder of Louder Than A Bomb and the Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors. He teachers at The University of Illinois-Chicago. This is Modern Art the play he co-authored- premiered at Steppenwolf Theater in the winter of 2015. His newest release "The Breakbeat Poets" comes out on April 4th."

"Nelson DeMille is a former U.S. Army lieutenant who served in Vietnam and is the author of eighteen acclaimed novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers "Night Fall", "Plum Island", "The Gate House", "The Lion", and "The Panther"."



Come support literacy and literary endeavor! For more additional information about this event, check out: printersrowlitfest.org

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Boot Camp Sessions

Writing Boot Camp
Sponsored by School for New Learning Student Association (SNLSA) and SNL Writing
Get your assignments completed!!

Do you have an incomplete grade? A final project that is dragging on?
Finish your assignments including ILP, AP, Capstone, or AIP through Writing Boot Camp.

Attend one or more free, faculty-led sessions.

Program is designed for SNL students who currently have an incomplete grade on their Transcript or students working on writing assignments.

Sessions are set up to increase the likelihood students will complete
necessary courses to obtain a degree.

Sessions offer a supportive academic environmentwriting assistanceand help with library services so that students can get assignments completed.


Session Dates:                                  
Saturday, May 16, 9:00am-1:00pm                    
Naperville Campus, 150 W. Warrenville Rd., Bld. 200

Wednesday, May 20, 5:30-9:00pm                    
Loop Campus, Daley Bldg., 14 E. Jackson, Lab 1325
Wednesday, May 27, 5:30-9:00pm

Saturday, May 30, 9:00am-1:00pm                    
Oak Forest Campus, 16333 S. Kilbourn Ave.

Saturday, June 6, 9:00am-1:00pm                     
O’Hare Campus, 8770 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
To Register: Email your name, DePaul ID# and the incomplete course title(s) you wish to work on to snlsa@depaul.edu at least 3 days prior to your desired sessions (messages to this email are reviewed by DePaul / SNL college faculty and staff only)

Items to Bring to Session(s):  Please bring a flash drive, your copy of the incomplete contract, all prior assignment preparation, including research material, assignment instructions, and assignment writing format (APA/MLA). Please let your faculty mentor know you plan to attend.

Benefits of earning a degree are endless, current researchers note:
ü High correlation between earnings and individuals with a degree
ü Increased civic participation among individuals with a degree
ü Happier marriages / decreased divorce rates among individuals with a degree

ü Pervasive sense of accomplishment / better overall attitudes in individuals with a degree

Friday, May 1, 2015

Writing Showcase Live May 14, 2015

Please come join us  for refreshments and listen to SNL’s Writing Showcase nominees read from their work!

When?: May 14, 2015 6-8pm

Where?: 14 E. Jackson, Room 1451

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Get your assignments completed at Writing Boot Camp


Writing Boot Camp
Sponsored by School for New Learning Student Association (SNLSA) and SNL Writing
Get your assignments completed!!
Do you have an incomplete grade? A final project that is dragging on?
Finish your assignments including ILP, AP, Capstone, or AIP through Writing Boot Camp.
Attend one or more free, faculty-led sessions.
Program is designed for SNL students who currently have an incomplete grade on their Transcript or students working on writing assignments.
Sessions are set up to increase the likelihood students will complete
necessary courses to obtain a degree.
Sessions offer a supportive academic environmentwriting assistanceand help with library services so that students can get assignments completed.
Session Dates:                                   
Saturday, May 16, 9:00am-1:00pm               
Bld. 200
Naperville Campus, 150 W. Warrenville Rd., 
Wednesday, May 20, 5:30-9:00pm                  
 E. Jackson, Lab 1325
Wednesday, May 27, 5:30-9:00pm
Loop Campus, Daley Bldg., 14
Saturday, May 30, 9:00am-1:00pm                 
Kilbourn Ave.
Oak Forest Campus, 16333 S. 
Saturday, June 6, 9:00am-1:00pm             
Mawr Ave.
O’Hare Campus, 8770 W. Bryn 
To Register: Email your name, DePaul ID# and the incomplete course title(s) you wish to work on to snlsa@depaul.edu at least 3 days prior to your desired sessions (messages to this email are reviewed by DePaul / SNL college faculty and staff only)
Items to Bring to Session(s): Please bring a flash drive, your copy of the incomplete contract, all prior assignment preparation, including research material, assignment instructions, and assignment writing format (APA/MLA). Please let your faculty mentor know you plan to attend.

Interesting facts about Writing and the Brain

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Published on http://www.visualnews.com/2013/05/28/how-does-the-act-of-writing-affect-your-brain/
by Benjamin Starr, May 28, 2013

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Writing Center Spring Quarter 2015 Hours



Loop Campus Writing Center
(312) 362-6726
25 E. Jackson
Lewis Center 1600
Chicago, IL 60604
Hours
Monday: 9am-7pm
Tuesday: 9am-7pm
Wednesday: 9am-7pm
Thursday: 9am-7pm
Friday: 12pm-5pm
Saturday: 12pm-5pm
Sunday: Closed
Lincoln Park Campus Writing Center
(773) 325-4272
2320 N. Kenmore
SAC 212
Chicago, IL 60614
Hours
Monday: 9am-7pm
Tuesday: 9am-7pm
Wednesday: 9am-7pm
Thursday: 9am-7pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 12pm-7pm
Loop Campus Outpost*

No information currently available
Lincoln Park Campus Outpost*

Learning Commons
Richardson Library
2350 North Kenmore Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

Closed until Week 4 of Spring Quarter

* Writers do not need to make appointments in advance for the Outposts—they operate on a first-come, first-served basis.
The outposts are staffed by Writing Center tutors who are available to meet face-to-face with all DePaul students, alumni, faculty, and staff on any type of writing project. See the locations and hours of our Writing Center Outposts.
If you would like to schedule a Face-to-Face appointment in one of our offices, register for WCOnline at http://condor.depaul.edu/writing/what/Writing%20Center/register_wconline.html.


Monday, March 30, 2015

What is Critique Circle?

 Critique Circle (http://www.critiquecircle.com/newmembersinfo.asp) is a website where writers can submit work to be critiqued. It works on exchange system in which you trade giving for receiving critiques of your work. While it is apparently primarily for creative writers, people also submit academic essays for feedback. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SNL Writing Showcase LIVE 2015


Writing Showcase

This is a reminder that the Writing Showcase  Submission deadline is April 1, 2015. Please submit entries to snlwriting@depaul.edu

Visit https://snlapps.depaul.edu/writing/WritingShowcase.html for more information and entry form

Monday, February 23, 2015

Promoting the Teaching with Writing online course


                                   DePaul University – School for New Learning

Teaching with Writing in Any Course: An SNL Professional Development Course
2014-2015


To reserve your place, please email snlwriting@depaul.edu
Course Location:  Online

Times/Dates: 
Section Five: 4/13/15 – 5/24/15

Faculty:
Steffanie Triller Fry
Writing Instructor
Phone: 312-362-7631

Course Description:
This online course (six-modules) for teachers in any discipline focuses on making the most of writing as a tool for teaching and learning in undergraduate and graduate courses. In the course, teachers will explore practical ideas for in-class writing assignments that initiate discussions and provide quick input regarding student learning. Teachers will also learn strategies for developing assignments and providing feedback while maximizing efficiency and minimizing frustration. Opportunities to share ideas and receive coaching on current writing assignments and ways of giving feedback are included. This course does not have prerequisites; however, those taking it should have undergraduate or graduate courses that they wish to develop or revise and experience teaching at the college level that they can draw upon for discussions.


What Prior Participants Have Said:
“The mathematician Paul Erdös spent much of his life essentially homeless, staying with one colleague after another, arriving on a doorstep unannounced, ready to collaborate, saying, “My brain is open.”   People who take this course should arrive at it with their brains open. Be prepared to be surprised by how many things you’re already doing right, how many others you’re doing that can hamper students’ progress, and best of all, how many genuinely useful ideas and techniques you will learn from the readings and from your classmates.” – Carolyn Allen
“Be honest about the fact that all of us can still learn -- even if we have been teaching for many, many years. People have to be open to new ideas and willing to share their flaws as well as their strengths.” – Jane Wagoner
“First, take it! Do plan your schedules so you can delve into the assignments--they prompt reflection and imagination. Post your assignments early enough in the week so you can get the advantage of feedback from others.” – Catherine Marienau
“Be prepared to spend a good amount of time on the course, but it is truly worth the time. If you are debating about taking the course seriously consider changing your schedule so you can. It will make teaching easier and more rewarding.” – Barbara Donnelly
“Like any online class, keep up and read a little at a time.   Trying to read everyone's posts and write your own all at once is a little overwhelming and you will miss a lot of the benefit if you can't read your classmates' posts.” – Liz Leavy
 “Take it!  I would advise future students to have a particular course in mind that they would like to revise or improve upon and to use that course as the focus in the class.” – Cynthia Milsap
“My only advice is to keep up with the readings.   Maybe, create your own Idea Log -- to list good ideas from the readings and from postings by classmates. There is so much great info each week and it goes by so fast." – Pat Szczerba
“Don’t underestimate the time it will take to complete the modules.” – Kenya Grooms
 “Make a commitment to the course--the time, the sharing, the analysis of your own work.” – Rebecca Russell
“I will say, pace yourself, a lot of reading and discussion participation, and be open to changing the way you teach.  I know my concern about this class was that it was going to require me to increase my time teaching and grading.  However, much to my surprise, if I change a few things, I may be able to help my students improve their writing without increasing my workload.” – Lu Rocha

Learning Strategies & Learning Resources: This online class will use discussions, peer collaboration, readings, videos and a variety of forms of feedback as learners practice applying what they are learning to their teaching.
Required Text (will be provided free to participants):
Gottschlak, Katherine and Keith Hjortshoj. The Elements of Teaching Writing: A Resource for Instructors in All Disciplines. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2004.
Additional selected readings will be available online.

Assessment:
All assignments and discussions in this course will be marked complete or incomplete at the end of each module. There are 14 discussions and 2 assignments in the course, and all must be completed to earn the course completion certificate.

Course Schedule:
Module One: “Why can’t they write?” and other perennial questions about student writers
Outcomes:
?         Have an overview of research findings that address common questions about and frustrations with student writing
?         Understand how this course will answer questions and give teachers in a variety of disciplines strategies for working with student writing in their courses
?         Try low-stakes writing assignments
Readings:
  • “Introduction” (pages 1-11) in The Elements of Teaching Writing: A Resource for Instructors in All Disciplines
  • Write or Die (http://writeordie.com/#Web+App)
Assignments:
  • Discussion 1.1: Introductions and Being a Beginner
  • Discussion 1.2: Experiencing Freewriting and Responding to the Readings
  • Assignment 1.3: Muddiest Point
Module Two: Using Writing for Teaching and Learning
Outcomes:
Examine assumptions about having to choose between teaching content and teaching writing
Understand what low-stakes writing is and why it is useful
?         Identify at least two low-stakes writing assignments that you can use in a course
Readings:
?         Chapter 1, “Integrating Writing and Learning in your Course Design” in The Elements
?         View “Classroom Assessment Technique: Muddiest Point” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvT6RmuZigw
?         Chapter 5, “Informal and Preparatory Writing” in The Elements, pages 76-84
?         “Low-Stakes Writing Assignments” on the SNL Writing Resources Wiki at https://snlwriting.pbworks.com/w/page/55496216/Low-Stakes%20Writing%20Assignments
Assignments:
?         Discussion 2.1: Writing vs. Content
?         Discussion 2.2: Low-stakes Writing

Module Three: Course Design and Assignment Sequencing
Outcomes:
Identify writing assignments that are aligned with course learning goals
?         Sequence writing assignments to support student learning
Readings:
?         “The Complexity of Research Writing: What Teachers Should Appreciate About Students’ Difficulties with Term Papers” from John C. Bean’s Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom
?         Chapter 7 in The Elements
?         View “Alternatives to Term Papers” (http://www.lawrence.edu/library/instruct/alternatives.shtml) from Lawrence University.
?         Read pages 40-46 in The Elements
Assignments:
?         Discussion 3.1: Identifying course learning goals
?         Discussion 3.2: Research papers
?         Discussion 3.3: Sequencing assignments

Module Four: Assignment Design

Outcomes:

?         Evaluate what students need to know to complete an assignment and can provide scaffolding when necessary
?         Design or redesign assignments that target desired learning and set students up for success
?         Use revision to support student learning
Readings:
?         Pages 29-40 in The Elements
?         Pages 62-72 in The Elements
Assignments:
?         Assignment 4.1: Drafting an Assignment
?         Discussion 4.2: Peer Revising Draft Assignments
?         Discussion 4.3: Assigning Revision

Module Five: Feedback that Support Student Learning (and Does Not Take All of Your Time)
Outcomes:
?         Understand the importance of feedback for student learning and have a variety of strategies for providing feedback
?         Understand why editing student papers helps no one and have strategies for responding to student papers with many errors
?         Provide feedback on student papers that promotes learning
Readings:
?         View “Beyond the Red Ink: Students Talk about Teachers’ Comments”
?         Chapter 3 in The Elements
?         Chapter 6 in The Elements
?         Pages 72-75 on “Methods for Structuring Peer Revision” in The Elements
?         View “No One Writes Alone: Peer Review in the Classroom, A Guide for Students”
Assignments:
?         Discussion 5.1: Response to the Readings
?         Discussion 5.2: Practicing
?         Discussion 5.3:  Your Feedback Plan

Module 6: What’s next?
Outcomes:
Know about resources available for continuing to learn about working with student writing
?         Have a plan for continuing to experiment with using writing for teaching and learning
Readings:
?         Read Chapter 10 in The Elements
Assignments:
?         Discussion 6.1: Your Plan
?         Discussion 6.2: Making a Date

About the Instructor:

Steffanie Triller Fry has taught in college writing classrooms for over ten years. She has served as Writing Instructor and Writing Program Administrator at DePaul University's School for New Learning for more than half of that time. She received her M.A. in Literature from DePaul University and will receive her M.F.A. in creative writing from Lesley University in the summer of 2015. Her writing has earned her a Vincentian Endowment Fund Grant, a Steans Community-based Research Faculty Fellowship, and a DePaul TLA Assessment of Student Learning grant. For more about her current projects, see https://depaul.digication.com/steffanie_the_writing_instructor.